Rod Woodson on the AAF halftime show.

The Alliance of American Football’s third weekend has seen some remarkably empty stadiums, and that’s had plenty of people ragging on the league. And many figured that one of the league’s own broadcasters was criticizing it Saturday, when two separate audio clips circulating had Rod Woodson (working the halftime show for the Arizona Hotshots-Salt Lake Stallions game on B/R Live) saying some variation of “Nobody’s watching, nobody’s listening, nobody cares” twice on air, once on an open mic and once when the broadcast threw to the halftime show before they knew they were on the air. However, according to Alex Flanagan (who was on that halftime show with Woodson), this had nothing to do with the AAF at all, but rather with a story she’d previously told the panel about how a mentor used to help her get over her nerves with those comments:

Woodson himself also commented on the Deadspin tweet of their story on this with a similar line:

For the record, here are the clips in question:

Flanagan’s explanation there appears to make sense. Referencing a repeated mantra (and one that’s definitely been heard before in the TV ranks) seems more logical than Woodson repeatedly criticizing AAF viewership in an AAF halftime studio. (And for the record, the TV numbers were actually quite good in the first two weeks.) And what really makes it seem like this was more than just Woodson bashing the AAF was how he used almost the exact same mantra-style phrasing twice; it seems unlikely real criticism would have had that specific repetition.

However, those definitely aren’t remarks you want aired on the TV broadcast of a fledgling league, one that’s already facing a whole lot of financing questions. And this is at least the second time this week that a hot mic has gone horribly wrong. That’s a further reminder to be extremely careful when wearing a mic, even if you don’t think you’re on the air. At least Flanagan had a sense of humor about it, though.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.